Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:53 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 224 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 23  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:39 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:16 pm
Posts: 4708
I think you know when you've hit retrobike maturity when you become completely obsessed by unicorns; those bikes you never thought you'd see let alone own and ride. The 97 Caldera was one of those and I'm still in awe I'm fortunate to own a piece of Kona history very few folks will have the pleasure of enjoying.

Within this unicorn category and in part completely down to retrobike and wider community of fanatics that we are, there are bikes that we never even knew about that suddenly resonate with us. There's a story you might pick up and delve into or an archive picture from MBUK that you'd forgotten about. Before you know it, you're off and away scouring the world for one that you can get your hands on.

Then there's just a case of the planets aligning, and you have to clap the universe for being in the right place in the right time.

It's with that firmly in mind that I'm over the moon to share this, a genuine ex-team Kona Explosif 1997. And yes, like the 97 Caldera there's a heap of history behind this, the whole reason they exist and who's this could be. Once more we've got conflicting views and stories from those who were there at the time and those that have heard about them since. There's new leads to follow-up which I hope will provide more insight into this wicked, wicked frame.

There's also the small matter of building it up. This is going to be a slow burn because I know it's going to hurt the wallet. And brain hurts with the combination of trying to keep it period, trying to respect the pedigree it has (my skills are pitiful to what this is capable of) and trying to spec it as a rider: as all my bikes are. We don't have wall hangers in my garage.

So for now, here she is after a thoroughly good degrease and clean. Big thanks to Brian (H1v9a8c8) for making me super-happy and selling it and to Pip for his support, advise and knowledge. Let the epic thread begin!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

It would be remiss of me not to post the ultimate unicorn and inspiration ;-) The unatainnable, Roland Green Hei Hei Hot:

Image


Last edited by al-onestare on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:46 am, edited 9 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:51 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:18 pm
Posts: 3254
Location: "Guzz" .."House of Kona"..Gods Country
8) lovely....standing by for this one....nice one :wink:

Ernie :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:54 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:34 pm
Posts: 611
Location: Sweden
This is great catch!! I am so glad to hear it is going to be ridden. You have put yourself in a tough spot when you're trying to make it period correct, deserving and a raider. Hope you have good connections at your local bank ;)

Are you gonna make it rigid or sus? Drivetrain? I presume you are still in awe of just receiving this beautiful piece of mtb history, but do you have any initial plan on how to begin this build?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:57 am 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:18 pm
Posts: 3254
Location: "Guzz" .."House of Kona"..Gods Country
looking at the paint finish it seems to have a "gloss" finish..my Rasta Hot is a mat finish.

Ernie :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:58 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:16 pm
Posts: 4708
Dare wrote:
Are you gonna make it rigid or sus? Drivetrain? I presume you are still in awe of just receiving this beautiful piece of mtb history, but do you have any initial plan on how to begin this build?


You're not wrong - it's a real mind bender!

I'll scan the proper 98 catalogue I have so everyone can see what the team were using because obstacle #1 is trying to find a green pair of Z2's! They were custom painted...

Obstacle #2 is the XTR drive-train. I can't stand the octolink crap so that's out of the picture.

:lol: :facepalm:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:59 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:16 pm
Posts: 4708
Ernie wrote:
looking at the paint finish it seems to have a "gloss" finish..my Rasta Hot is a mat finish.

Ernie :wink:


Check out the undercoat on this: a layer of white.

Which means... :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:29 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sat May 10, 2014 6:42 pm
Posts: 761
Location: Essex
I love the paint scheme ..
We need some sort of massive Kona meet..


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:42 am 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider

Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:24 am
Posts: 7641
Location: Manchester
That's very nice.
Parking looks like a nightmare!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:50 am 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Posts: 2239
Location: New Forest
al-onestare wrote:
Ernie wrote:
looking at the paint finish it seems to have a "gloss" finish..my Rasta Hot is a mat finish.

Ernie :wink:


Check out the undercoat on this: a layer of white.

Which means... :wink:


WHAT?? What does it mean???

Tell us!

Loverly :)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:06 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:16 pm
Posts: 4708
Rampage wrote:
Parking looks like a nightmare!


:lol: It's why I don't have a car :lol:

My_Teenage_Self wrote:
WHAT?? What does it mean???

Tell us!

Loverly :)


Well, and I'm sure someone will correct me, but that's a tell-tell sign of power coating. The flames are painted and were masked off.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 224 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 23  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: fearfactoryüberalles, heymarge and 38 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group